Help check out hunger this holiday season with donations to a Food Drive being sponsored by the Libraries of Union County Consortium (LUCC). From Monday, Nov. 27 to Monday, Dec. 18, the Westfield Memorial Library will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit the New Jersey Community Food Bank and other local food pantries. Collection bins will be conveniently located at public libraries and library staff will then route 100 percent of the donations to designated food banks.

Even though experts say our economy is in recovery, many people in New Jersey have been left behind: low income families, struggling single parents, the elderly on a fixed income, the unemployed. The New Jersey Community Food Bank assists by supplying food to over 1,500 non-profit charities in 19 counties, including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, local food banks, after school programs and senior centers.

To make this holiday season hunger free, simply stop by the Westfield Memorial Library at 550 East Broad Street with a donation of non-perishable items. Groceries most urgently needed are canned meat and fish; canned soups and stews; peanut butter (in plastic jars); boxed pasta and rice; powdered milk; infant formula; canned vegetables and fruits.

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Donations are accepted anytime the library is open: Sunday 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 pm and Friday and Saturday 9:30 am to 5 p.m.

Participating libraries include: Cranford Public Library, Elizabeth Public Library, Fanwood Memorial Library, Garwood Free Public Library, Hillside Public Library, Kenilworth Public Library, Linden Public Library, Mountainside Public Library, Plainfield Public Library, Rahway Public Library, Roselle Free Public Library, Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library,  Scotch Plains Public Library, Springfield Public Library, Summit Public Library, Union Free Public Library and the Westfield Memorial Library. For more information, contact the Westfield Memorial Library at 908.789.4090 or visit the Libraries of Union County Consortium at www.luccnj.org.